David Morrieson Panton was born in Jamaica in 1870 to... Read More
David Morrieson Panton was born in Jamaica in 1870 to a missionary family of the Church of England. He attended university at Cambridge, where he was greatly influenced by the writings of Robert Govett on baptism by immersion, the millennial kingdom reward, and the error of denominationalism. He subsequently joined Govett and attended Surrey Chapel where Govett taught in Norwich, England. When Govett passed away in 1901 Panton succeeded him as Pastor. Like his mentor, Panton sought to correct errors of his time through over 100 publications that were widely distributed as tracts and pamphlets. He also wrote a few books, two of which we have reprinted and offer here. In 1924 he began putting out a monthly periodical called The Dawn, which he continued until his own passing in 1955.
Under Panton’s oversight of the flock at Surrey Chapel, Margaret E. Barber went forth as a missionary to China. She is perhaps most known for her nurturing of a young Chinese Christian named Watchman Nee, whose own books bear the mark of both Panton and Govett’s influence.